Preparing for the Cold & Flu Season with Kids

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Acetaminophen Suppositories. The opinions and text are all mine.

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

Having a sick child is something that tugs on your heart strings so deeply that you swear you will do anything and everything you can to prevent it from happening again. When we had Olivia (our first) she was barely ever sick. She wasn’t in daycare (we had a sitter at the house when I would go to work) so she wasn’t exposed to any pathogens. However, when we enrolled her in school two days a week last year, forget about it! She was sick every other day and it was so heartbreaking! Since we had Ellie last year, Olivia would kindly bring all the germs home with her and share them with her sister. Having a sick baby AND a sick toddler is a disaster in and of itself. 

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

I am here to tell you some tricks on preventing illness and also some tips for when they do get sick. There are definitely some things that have helped me get through those long days of caring for two sick babies and I hope that these tips can help you as well. 

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

First, let’s talk about prevention. You’ll want to make sure that your child (and YOU) are washing your hands constantly, especially when in public and before you eat anything. With Olivia in school, I told her to always wash her hands before eating so that whatever germs she did touch would be washed off before putting anything into her mouth. Whenever you go out to the store, make sure to wash your hands when you get home, those shopping carts are filthy. Get your children to scrub their hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure they are clean. I always tell Liv to sing her favorite song twice and then she can be sure that she is done!

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

Give your children enough exercise. Exercise has been proven to prevent illness by up to 50% (FIFTY!!!) That’s insane and I always make sure to fit in exercise every day even if it’s for 20 minutes.  Your child will be tired and ready for a nap after a good walk outside, play date with friends or a busy school day!

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

Diet Modifications. Making sure that you are giving your children a well-balanced diet and one that is rich in Vitamin C and D! Foods such as cheese, egg yolks, cereal, peppers, kale, broccoli, and berries! 

Plenty of sleep! This one is always a tough one for the parents isn’t it?! However, toddlers should be getting 11-13 hours per day and babies should be getting at least 14 hours per day. Sleeping allows your body to recover and prepare itself to fight any germs that may cross its path. Our bodies are a temple and we need to treat them that way at all times to keep them healthy!

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

What to do if your child does become sick

Now, it is inevitable that your child will become sick at some point. Here are a few of the things that have helped us get through those tough times! The first thing that I will address is a fever. A fever in a child is 100.4 or above. Managing your baby or child’s fever is important and will allow them to feel a bit better when they are sick. It’s also important to keep a good record of the temperatures and tracking them throughout the day. Using a digital rectal thermometer will help you obtain the most accurate temperature. It can sometimes be difficult to administer oral medication when your child is sick and I have found these  FeverAll® suppositories are great for reducing fever and keeping your child happy. They come in three different boxes for infants an up to children that are 12 years of age.  FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Suppositories (80 mg of acetaminophen) is the only acetaminophen product available with dosage instructions for children as young as six months of age. You can look for this product in your local Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart stores.

Preparing for the cold & flu season with kids

Always make sure to touch base with your pediatrician whenever you think that your child may be ill. They will be able to guide you the direct path to getting your child better!

Our nose frida was a life saver when our babies were little. A little bit of some saline nose spray and it sucks the boogers right out! Your baby may dislike it but they will be able to breathe so much better! It’s something that I swear by and something i believe every mama should have on hand! 

Keep your children hydrated. Lots of breastmilk, formula or whatever you use for your little babes and plenty of water and/or pedialyte for the little ones. Make sure to contact your pediatrician for exact amounts 😉 

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What do you do to prevent your little ones from getting sick? What are some of your tips and tricks when they do get sick?

Use FeverAll® only as directed. If you have specific questions about fever, acetaminophen or using FeverAll, speak with your child’s pediatrician. FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories are available at major retailers and drugstores across the U.S, such as Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens. For more information and current offers, visit www.FeverAll.com.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

3 Comments

  1. September 23, 2016 / 10:26 am

    It always tugs at a mom’s heartstrings when their baby or toddler is ill and they can’t show mom where it hurts. I know exercise is important, but I didn’t realize how important exercise is in preventing illness.

  2. September 24, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    aw, taking care of little sick ones is the worst. Great ways to be prepared. Thanks!

  3. Sara
    September 25, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    There is nothing worse than when your kids are sick! I used Feverall many times when my kids were young. Your baby is so cute. Time flies, enjoy every moment!

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